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 for gender mender
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  gender mender
   n.
  
      [common] A cable connector shell with either two male or two female
      connectors on it, used to correct the mismatches that result when some {
      loser didn't understand the RS232C specification and the distinction
      between DTE and DCE. Used esp. for RS-232C parts in either the original
      D-25 or the IBM PC's bogus D-9 format. Also called gender bender, gender
      blender, sex changer, and even homosexual adapter; however, there appears
      to be some confusion as to whether a male homosexual adapter has pins on
      both sides (is doubly male) or sockets on both sides (connects two males).
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  gender mender
  sex changer
  
      (Or "gender bender", "gender blender", "sex
     changer", and even "homosexual adaptor") A cable connector
     shell with either two male or two female connectors on it,
     used to correct the mismatches that result when some loser
     didn't understand the EIA-232C specification and the
     distinction between DTE and DCE.  Used especially for
     EIA-232C parts in either the original D-25 or the IBM PC's
     D-9 connector.
  
     There appears to be some confusion as to whether a "male
     homosexual adaptor" has pins on both sides (is doubly male) or
     sockets on both sides (connects two males).
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1995-04-16)
  

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